TASFR Summit 2022



Executive Director

Texas AgriForestry Small Farmers and Ranchers

Igalious “Ike” Mills, a 3 rd generation farmer, serve as the Executive Director of the
Texas AgriForestry Small Farmers and Ranchers. Mills backgrounds consist of
over 30 years of Economic/Business Development and Non-Profit Management.
Mills was spotlighted by OUTLOOK Magazine in 2002 for Texas Who’s Who in
the Economic Development Profession.
Mills professional development training background includes, Georgia Institute of
Technology, Local Economic Impact Analysis Training in Atlanta Georgia,
Economic Development Institute (EDI) at Oklahoma University in Norman,
Oklahoma, Basic Economic Development Training from Texas A & M University
in Bryan, Texas.
Specialized training in Portfolio Management for Economic Development Loans
Training by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) Certified Management
Training with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Economic Development
Finance Training by the National Development Council (NDC), Edwin L. Cox
School of Business Training, Southern Methodist University, Total Quality
Management (TQM) for Public Sector Training by Bank One Corporation.
Mills was selected as a facilitator for the Texas White House Conference on Small
Business during U.S. President Clinton Administration. Serve as Chairman of the
NAACP Port Arthur Community Development Committee. A former City of Port
Arthur Urban Renewal Board Appointee.
2015, appointed by Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack of the
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve on the National
Minority Farmers Advisory Committee in Washington, DC.
2016, selected to serve on the Advisory Board of the Socially Disadvantaged
Farmers and Ranchers (SDFR) Policy Research Center at Alcorn State University.
Currently serve on the Sustainable Forestry for African American Land Retention
(SFLR) Program by Prairie View A&M University.

Co-Founding member of Region 6 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
(TCEQ) Golden Triangle Small Business Advisory Committee (SBAC). Serve on
the EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice (EJ) Committee.
Mills currently reside in Port Arthur, Texas with his wife, has two children and
serve as Deacon at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Beaumont Texas.

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